Rockville Centre - (WALK) A Long Island assisted living facility, home to an estimated 130 people, may be uninhabitable for several days after flooding forced staff to shut off its furnace Wednesday morning.
Maple Pointe Assisted Living is a five-story building on Maple Avenue in Rockville Centre, operated by Chelsea Senior Living. Authorities say a water pipe valve broke at one of the upper-floors at about 4:00 a.m., resulting in up to a foot of water flooding the first floor.
Facility managers say flooding damaged the building's electrical system and forced them to turn the power off, put the elevators out of service and shut off the furnace.
Residents were immediately evacuated from the building; some were taken to a nearby senior citizens center, others to South Nassau Communities Hospital in Oceanside, according to published accounts.
The ten-year-old, five-story, Tudor-style building has a capacity of 152 residents. Company representatives said 132 people were evacuated. There were no injuries reported, and the cause of the break is under investigation.
Photo: Chelsea Senior Living